Zip Line on San Juan Island

Last fall, I found myself with a handful of adventurous souls waiting by the Friday Harbor Court House to be shuttled to our woodland zip line destination on San Juan Island.

Plan a Getaway to Anacortes in April

It’s April, and in Anacortes, it’s the month to celebrate Washington wines. On April 8th, join a five-course winemaker dinner with Spoiled Dog Winery at Frida’s Gourmet Mexican Cuisine, and on April 9th, taste wines from 30 Washington State wineries at the Anacortes Wine Festival. While you are here, visit the Anacortes Famers Market on Saturday, find…

Double Bluff Brewing Company-Tasting Beer & Eating Pretzels

    Double Bluff Brewing Company’s slogan of “traditional and modern ales” has taken off with the locals and visitors. Located in Langley, Washington―a town of a little over a thousand people on Whidbey Island―I stopped in to check it out. I will be going back and bringing my friends. Read more at, “Beer and…

McMenamins Anderson School

During my stay at McMenamins Anderson School, more than one person told me, “This is Disneyland for adults.” By the time I left the next day, I fully agreed. McMenamins has transformed Bothell’s McMenamins Anderson School into a destination hotel experience with a saltwater pool, restaurants and pubs, including a Tiki pub and The Woodshed…

Anacortes Rocks With Music

Anacortes loves music. It can be heard at the library, restaurants and bars, outdoor parks, cultural centers, and festivals. What does this mean for an island getaway to Anacortes? You can experience song and sound year-round. Read more in “Music in Anacortes: Shake, Rattle, and Roll” at Experience Anacortes.

The Clyde Theatre in Langley

Do you like historic movie theaters? I do. In January, I explored the small town of Langley and met with the owners of The Clyde Theatre, which was built in 1937. Read more about the theatre at, “The Clyde Theater: Cruise in and Catch a Movie” at the

Friday Harbor House-A San Juan Island Getaway

  There is nothing quite a like an island getaway. In the Pacific Northwest, there are plenty of islands to explore and accommodations. This fall, I stayed at Friday Harbor House on San Juan Island and highly recommend this boutique hotel and restaurant with panoramic views of Friday Harbor. Read more at, “Friday Harbor House―A…

YA!2015 Contest Winner

At the beginning of February, I received wonderful news. My Young Adult novel, Aleutian Pearl, a modern day selkie story, made Second Place in the YA!2015 Contest by

My Maui Experience at the House of the Sun

Mark Twain said watching the sunrise from the 10,023 ft. summit of Haleakalā in Maui was “the sublimest spectacle I ever witnessed.” In my essay, “Eye in the Sky,” in the Moutain Gazette, I write about my experience of driving up the dark and curvy summit road, Hawai‘ian endemic animals and plants, and share what I…

The Bluff Restaurant in Friday Harbor

We love cruising in the San Juan Islands, and one of those reasons is all the great places to eat.

The Bluff Restaurant at Friday Harbor House has an outside terrace and a dining room with panoramic views of Friday Harbor. They serve Northwest inspired cuisine and have a wide selection of Washington wines and beers, as well as, classic cocktails.

Front Street Grill in Coupville

During the summer the Coupeville is bustling with visitors and restaurants tend to fill up fast. If you want to get a window seat at Front Street Grill we suggest making a reservation or get there early. the atmosphere is relaxed, the food good, and they even have a television in the bathroom so you never miss an important game moment.

Deception Pass Hikes

A perfect place to opt outside and stretch those legs is Bowman Bay at Deception Pass State Park on Fidalgo Island. The waters are often calm, which means its great for year-round beach walking and kayaking, and it has easy hikes with amazing views.